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Originally Posted @ http://www.newbridgerecovery.com/addiction-denial/

The disease of addiction is a cunning and powerful force. It can hide in the shadows of other issues and problems, avoiding being singled out. It places the blame on situations or other people and refuses to be held accountable for its destruction. Often times someone struggling with addiction won’t realize what everyone around them sees; that addiction is ruining their life. Breaking free from the bondage of addiction requires a person to see through the disillusion of denial. If someone remains in denial, it is likely they will not grasp the reality of the situation until it is too late. Read about why denial is so common in the addicted person, and more importantly about how recovery starts when denial is overcome.

Roots of Denial

Since addiction is a relatively slow-progressing disease, problems and consequences of drinking or drugging may not appear until decades after it began. Most addicted people experienced some positive experiences using and drinking. Addiction can creep in slowly, like an assassin in the night, taking hold of a person’s life little by little. Often the person is not even aware of the dramatic changes taking place in their minds and bodies. Their families, friends, and co-workers sometimes notice the changes in their behavior and appearance.  So if other people noticed the presence of a problem, why can’t the addicted person?

In the mind of an alcoholic or addict, they correlate positive emotions, feelings, and memories with their drinking/using. To them, alcohol/drugs are a ‘cure-all’ for the stresses or daily stresses of life. It’s a means to relax, to celebrate, to numb out, to escape, to be social, to manage pain, etc. All the negative aspects of their addiction, they minimize or attribute to ‘bad luck’ or someone else. Subconsciously, their addicted mind defends their actions by denying the reality of the situation. Slowly the morals, goals, and aspirations of the person are lowered until the addicted life feels like the only normal one. When someone tells them that they have a problem, they can get angry, aggressive, prone to avoidance, withdrawn, etc.

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Posted by on in Drug Addiction

Originally Posted @ http://www.newbridgerecovery.com/addiction-lives-tell/

In addiction, the addict is often a master of dishonesty, a “Rembrandt” of manipulation and deception. The following joke summarizes this trait: “How do you know an addict is lying? …Their mouth is open”. Unbeknownst to outsiders, the person most fooled by addiction is often the addict themselves. Their perceptions of reality are skewed, they believe everything is under control or that there isn’t really a problem. Here are some of the biggest lies that the addict tells themselves and believes.

Common Lies in Addiction

 

“I’m not addicted to drugs, I choose to use drugs… I could stop if I wanted to”

“I can quit anytime I want”

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Posted by on in Other Addictions

"This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime.  Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment and fear.   When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone.  Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help.  Love and tolerance of others is our code." Pg. 84 Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous

I call this the sobriety formula. Increase No matter what problem I complained about, my sponsor directed me to this page and promised me I would "cease fighting anything or anyone" if I followed these steps.  I remember being very irritated by this response early in my sobriety because I felt I wasn't being heard or understood. How could words on a page in a book written back in 1935 solve my dilemma with my current boyfriend? my job? my family?

To this day, whenever I am disturbed, I utilize this formula. I have watched my various, deadly addictions drop from me year after year like the useless skin of a snake. I have noticed my ever widening circle of friends.  I have experienced an ever increasing peace inside of me, even when I fly upside down in the middle of a thunderstorm.  I no longer run the show.  I have the great pleasure of demonstrating to others, through my ever increasing freedom, the miraculous power of Truth and selflessness and abstinance. 

Best,

Increase

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